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The keeping and running of a pet shop as controlled by the Pet Animals Act 1951.

If you plan on running a pet shop you must first obtain a licence under the Pet Animals Act 1951.

You can apply online at GOV.UK or complete a pdf adobe icon application form [66kb]. Alternatively, you can apply online, although we are unable to process online payment with this method.

The cost of a licence is detailed in the Fees and Charges 2018/2019.

Where a licence is granted it will expire on the 31st December of the year to which it relates and must be renewed before that date if the premises are to continue as a pet shop.

Before being granted a licence the applicant must be able to demonstrate to us:

  • That they are suitably qualified to keep animals with regard to the type and number proposed to be kept.
  • That the animals will be kept in accommodation that is suitable in respect of construction, size, temperature lighting, ventilation and cleanliness. that animals will be adequately supplied with suitable food, drink and bedding materials and (so far as is necessary) visited at suitable intervals.
  • That mammals will not be sold at too early an age. that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of infectious disease amongst the animals.
  • That appropriate steps will be taken to protect the animals in the case of fire or other emergency, including the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment.
  • That a register containing a description of any animal received on the premises, the animals age and sex, the date of acquisition and departure and the source from which the animals are received, and that the register will be available for inspection at all times by a Licensing Inspector or by a veterinary Surgeon or Veterinary Practitioner authorised by the Council.
  • No animal will be sold to a child under the age of 16 years.

A licence may be refused or withheld on other grounds if those grounds are such that conditions are not suitable for the keeping of animals.

Each Licence is subject to standard conditions that are imposed on all pet shops licensed by the Council - these can be viewed at the Council offices. In addition to the standard conditions a licence may also contain special conditions that are only applicable to your premises.

Updated: 2 Apr 2015
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